John Henry William Bonitz papers, 1863-1973.
Creator: Bonitz, John Henry William, 1839-1913.
Collection number: 3865
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Abstract: John Henry William Bonitz was a German immigrant who came to Goldsboro, N.C., in 1859. He married Mary Stegner (1845-1921), also a German immigrant, in 1862, and moved to Wilmington, N.C., in 1887. He was proprietor, with his brother Julius, of the Goldsboro, N.C., Messenger and the Wilmington, N.C., Messenger newspapers, a hotel, and a farm. The collection includes three scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings of columns written 1902-1912 by Bonitz and his wife, Mary, concerning past days, 1859-1887, in Goldsboro; clippings, mainly 1891-1912, of similar columns by J. M. Hollowell; and items about the Bonitz family, especially Julius August Bonitz (1841-1891), and other German Americans, and about events of the 1890s at Wilmington. Also included are manuscript memoranda on family matters, and a volume entitled “Some Bonitz Families: A Genealogical Survey,” written in 1973 by John H. W. Bonitz Jr. (1930- ) of Greensboro, N.C., concerning Bonitz family members in East and West Germany and the United States. Photographs include two of African Americans: Wilmington editor Alexander Manly, 1898; and a man identified only as “Drake,” who ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Wilmington in 1897.
Repository: Southern Historical Collection
Collection Highlights: This collection includes three scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings from the North Carolina Goldsboro and Wilmington Messengers, of which John Henry William Bonitz was coproprietor. The clippings are primarily columns written by Bonitz or his wife. Volume 2 contains two photographs of two African Americans: Alexander Manly, an editor in Wilmington, North Carolina (1898), and “Drake,” a candidate for mayor in Wilmington in 1897. There is also a typescript copy of notes on Manly’s background.